Years running: 67 (since 1954)

Sydney International Film Festival

Film Festival in Sydney.


Sydney is one of the most important film events of its kind on an international level; with a high reputation for the best of world cinema and strong local following. The festival invites around 20 international guests, among them directors, business representatives (distributors, producers, festival directors) who attend seminars and panel discussions. Most Australian distributors are based in Sydney, as are pub casters ABC and SBS, the commercial TV networks and much of the print media including Murdoch's the Australian newspaper.

The Live Action Short Award and Animation Award are Academy Award® eligible.


  • Cash prize A$ 60,000 (in competition);
  • Jury Prize.



  • All international productions and local productions must be a premiere in the Australian state of New South Wales;
  • Works that are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for selection for the SFF;
  • Films must have been completed since 1 January 2019.
  • Entries under 40 mins

Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Director: Mr. Nashen Moodley
  • Program Manager: Jenny Neighbour




Official website



Sydney Film Festival
Level 2
10 Hickson Road
2000 The Rocks, Sydney

Phone: +61 2 8220 6604

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    October 31, 2019
  • Deadline: International productions
    January 31, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    February 28, 2020
  • Notifications
    May 04, 2020
  • Event dates
    3 — 14 June 2020
Categories & Fees

Under 40 minutes in length, fiction and non-fiction

  • Deadline: International productions — A$50
  • Regular Deadline — A$50

Australian productions, with a maximum running time of 40 minutes. Live-action and animation.

  • Deadline: International productions — A$43
  • Regular Deadline — A$43

Over 40 minutes in length, fiction and non-fiction

  • Deadline: International productions — A$85
  • Regular Deadline — A$85

To be eligible for the competition films over 40 minutes in length.

  • Deadline: International productions — A$48
  • Regular Deadline — A$48
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